an overseer or supervisor.
Chiefly British. a person who inspects something officially for the purpose of ascertaining condition, value, etc.
(formerly) a U.S. customs official responsible for ascertaining the quantity and value of imported merchandise.
(initial capital letter) U.S. Aerospace. one of a series of space probes (1966–68) that analyzed lunar soil and obtained other scientific information after soft-landing on the moon.
Origin: 1375–1425; late Middle English surveio Related forms
< Anglo-French surveiour; Middle French surve
equivalent to surve
)- (see survey
) + -our -or2